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Dec 2004 contains 39 News Articles.

Alien invaders, a global environment under attack
CNN.com - 31 Dec 2004
A recently updated report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) titled "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species" warns that if left unchecked, these invasive species could eventually destroy global biodiversity and irreversibly alter the health of the natural environment.

Forget OPEC. The next cartel may export drinking water.
Christian Science Monitor - 30 Dec 2004
Consider that less than 2.5 percent of the world's water is fresh. That vital resource is threatened by pollution, waterborne disease, and shifts in rain patterns caused by global warming, recent studies show. All of which, in some eyes, leaves the world on the verge of a scramble by private companies and countries vying for rights to available water.

How safe is the water?
Christian Science Monitor - 30 Dec 2004
Drinking water in the United States is among the best in the world - a United Nations study ranked it 12th among 122 countries. US water is treated and closely monitored so that isolated problems like the one in Washington, D.C., can be dealt with quickly. But scientists also are detecting for the first time substances - called "emerging pollutants" - that occur more routinely than had been thought. With new tests and technologies turning up these previously undetectable contaminants, a mixed picture is emerging of America's rivers, aquifers, and other freshwater sources that supply an estimated five out of six Americans.

2004: The Year Global Warming Got Respect
National Geographic News - 29 Dec 2004
In 2004 global warming made the covers of National Geographic and Business Week magazines, was the subject of a blockbuster movie, and was a theme in a Michael Crichton's best-selling novel State of Fear all signs that the issue has captured widespread media attention.

Relaxed forest rules revive West's timber wars
Christian Science Monitor - 24 Dec 2004
Supporters see federal move granting greater flexibility. Critics predict more logging.

Administration Overhauls Rules for U.S. Forests
New York Times, NY - 22 Dec 2004
The Bush administration issued broad new rules Wednesday overhauling the guidelines for managing the nation's 155 national forests and making it easier for regional forest managers to decide whether to allow logging, drilling or off-road vehicles.

A new push to clean up the Great Lakes
Christian Science Monitor - 22 Dec 2004
US, Canada, and several states join to tackle everything from sewage to mischievous carp. Officials launched a collaborative restoration effort this month that is unprecedented in its scale and bureaucratic complexity. The coalition includes elected officials from eight states and two countries, environmental groups, mayors, and some 30 Indian tribes.

Florida's deer pose fewer urban problems
Gainesville Sun, FL - 20 Dec 2004
John Morgan of Tallahassee has trouble growing impatiens in his yard. Deer like them as much as he does. But despite the occasional suburban encounter or vehicle collision, Florida deer do not pose the problems they do in Morgan's native Pennsylvania, or in Georgia.

In Wake Of Lyme Disease Vaccine For People, Mice May Be Next In Line For Shots
Science Daily - 20 Dec 2004
As Americans queue up anxiously for flu shots, new research proposes a different sort of mass vaccination program to combat Lyme disease - a vaccine drive for mice. A Michigan State University disease ecologist leads a novel ecological approach to battle Lyme disease. It proposes that ground zero is the forest floor, and immunizing the tiny critters there offers hope to ultimately reduce the number of dangerous tick bites that infect some 23,000 people in 2002 in the United States.

Global Bird Populations Face Dramatic Decline In Coming Decades, Study Predicts
Science Daily - 20 Dec 2004
Ten percent of all bird species are likely to disappear by the year 2100, and another 15 percent could be on the brink of extinction, according to a new study by Stanford University biologists. This dramatic loss is expected to have a negative impact on forest ecosystems and agriculture worldwide and may even encourage the spread of human diseases.

New developments to face air cleanup fees
Fresno Bee, CA - 19 Dec 2004
The sparks have slowly subsided in battles over air rules for farms and fireplace wood burning, but another fight waits in the wings. In January, the public will hear about air quality fees on new construction of houses, commercial centers and industrial developments, and the head-butting will heat up again.

Fayette violates U.S. air standard
Lexington Herald-Leader, KY - 18 Dec 2004
All or parts of nine Kentucky counties, including Fayette, violate the first federal standards for fine-particle pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.

More than 200 counties fail to meet air standards
Chicago Sun-Times, IL - 18 Dec 2004
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday identified 224 counties in 20 states that don't meet new clean air standards designed to protect against one of the tiniest but most harmful pollutants -- microscopic soot.

EPA faults air in 3 N.C. counties
Winston-Salem Journal, NC - 18 Dec 2004
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put Davidson, Guilford and Catawba counties yesterday on a list of places nationwide where fine-particle air-pollution levels violate new federal health standards.

The downstream dangers of your perfume
Christian Science Monitor - 16 Dec 2004
That morning trip to the bathroom - to brush your teeth, wash your hair, and put on perfume or cologne - may not be as benign as you think. Every day, those chemicals wash down the drain. While they are not themselves poisonous, they may affect biological processes in unexpected ways. Now, Stanford University biologists have the mussels to prove it.

Report: Climate change pushing invasive species north
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - 16 Dec 2004
Climate change is pushing many plant and animal species north, a new study says -- and that's bad news for North and Central Florida, where more invasive species are expected to gain ground.

Spring Coming Earlier Than It Used To
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS - 15 Dec 2004
As the first signs of winter push into the Northeast, researchers have some good news for fair weather fans - spring is coming earlier than it used to. The lilacs say so.

TWIN CITIES: Authorities blame coyotes in pet attacks
Grand Forks Herald, ND - 15 Dec 2004
Eagan residents have called in 33 coyote-related reports this year, including one coyote sighting across from a school. Sixteen of them have occurred since early November. Police and trappers speculate that the rise of new subdivisions could be disturbing coyote dens, that warmer winters have encouraged the animals' survival and that there simply are more people around to spot them.

NASA Scientists Link Greenhouse Gases To Insects And Trees
Science Daily - 14 Dec 2004
NASA scientists presented their findings today during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Their research showed how human control of insects, tree planting and other factors could affect Earth's greenhouse gases.

Money to reduce sediment runoff being diverted
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 13 Dec 2004
A 2003 law meant to keep red mud from sliding off construction sites and into state rivers and streams meant developers paid an extra $80 an acre for projects. But state regulators who enforce erosion and sediment regulations have seen less than half of it. That leaves fewer people to enforce sediment rules and less money being used to train local inspectors and engineers.

Cheers, and Concern, for New Climate Pact
New York Times, NY - 13 Dec 2004
With the United States keeping to the sidelines, delegates from more than 190 countries have gathered here both to celebrate the enactment of the Kyoto Protocol, the first treaty requiring cuts in greenhouse gases linked to global warming, and to look beyond 2012, when its terms expire.

Florida Local Government Green Standard Released
Renewable Energy Access - 13 Dec 2004
Florida city and county governments can now become certified "green," thanks to a new environmental certification program established by the state energy office that recognizes and rewards cities and counties for making environmental stewardship a priority in functions performed by the local government.

'Smart Growth' Gains Traction in Fairfax
Washington Post, DC - 12 Dec 2004
Fairfax County is the most prosperous and populous suburb of the nation's capital, and for decades, Washington area workers have sought domestic serenity in its verdant cul-de-sacs. But as neighbors near Vienna are discovering, behind such placid appearances lies the potential for a far more urban future.

Damaged homes increase fire danger
Sun-Herald, FL - 12 Dec 2004
The first serious cold front of the year always gets the attention of firefighters. They fear residential fires as heaters are fired up for the initial use of he season. This year, their fear is compounded by the destruction left by hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne in August and September. Everyone from FEMA to local fire chiefs are asking residents to exercise extreme caution with heat sources.

Greenhouse gases dominate summit
CNN.com - 11 Dec 2004
A new report on ecological damage from greenhouse gases dominated the sidelines of a U.N. conference on global warming Saturday as delegates from nearly 200 nations assembled to prepare for the launch next year of the Kyoto Protocol.

How Dallas has turned a new leaf
Dallas Morning News, TX - 11 Dec 2004
It takes the blame for air pollution, long commutes, frayed nerves and cookie-cutter communities, among other negatives. But along with the concrete and smog, we can actually thank sprawl for something: It gave Dallas trees.

Neighbors of Burned Homes Pained by Suburban Sprawl
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - 11 Dec 2004
Blue plastic ribbons dangle from some saplings that line the mouth of Araby Bog, delineating the wetland boundary. Up the small hill from the mouth of the bog, clearly visible through the naked trees of December, are the large houses of Hunters Brooke, where 30 fires were set before dawn on Monday and 10 houses were consumed by the flames.

'Climate Witnesses' Testify About Warming
Charlotte Observer, NC - 11 Dec 2004
A Nepalese Sherpa fears his mountain valley will be flooded by melting glacier runoff high in the Himalayas. A Fiji islander frets about rising sea levels, while villagers cope with the destruction of mangrove swamps in India.

Spare the Axe, Save a Life
Christian Science Monitor - 9 Dec 2004
Denude hills of trees and the result will be rainstorms triggering floods and mudslides, as both Haiti and the Philippines have had to learn again. More than 1,000 people died in each country during recent torrential rains.

They're dreaming of a green Christmas
Christian Science Monitor - 9 Dec 2004
Welcome to the new world of "environmentally conscious" holidays. Once again this year, "green" gifts will be swamped by a national tidal wave of toaster ovens, ties, video games, and battery- powered kiddie cars - all encased in packaging bound for the landfill. But along with the 5 million extra tons of trash generated between Thanksgiving and New Year's, there are signs, too, that the environment will be getting its own kind of Christmas bonus: Many people want to "go green."

Water Rights Case Threatens Species Protection
Washington Post, DC - 7 Dec 2004
Justice Department officials are working to reach an agreement with five San Joaquin Valley water districts that would affirm a federal judge's 2001 decision that federal authorities' efforts to conserve water for two imperiled kinds of local fish violated farmers' private property rights. The ruling, the first of its kind, would set an important precedent and could make it costly for federal officials to take protective actions under the Endangered Species Act.

Cabarrus calls halt to rapid growth
Charlotte Observer, NC - 7 Dec 2004
Cabarrus County, known for its loose development rules, agreed Monday to a plan for a growth moratorium to bring county regulations more in line with other areas.

Global Warming Fast Facts
National Geographic News - 6 Dec 2004
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/photogalleries/global_warming/ Global warming is a hot topic that shows little sign of cooling down. Earth's climate is changing, but just how it's happening, and our own role in the process, is less certain. Check out these fast facts and pictures for a snapshot of Earth's evolving climate.

Oregon's vistas may get less scenic
Christian Science Monitor - 3 Dec 2004
Long a model for protecting rural areas, the state faces a property-rights backlash that could ripple nationwide.

Florida researcher finds virus that could control red fire ants
Rockdale Citizen, GA - 3 Dec 2004
A U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher has discovered a natural infection that could help bring imported red fire ants under control. Marking the first time a virus has ever been found in the invasive species, Steven Valles, said the cold-like virus could provide ‘‘an additional control measure’’ against the fire ants.

For Wildlife With Wanderlust, Their Own Highway
New York Times, NY - 2 Dec 2004
A corridor of the wild through the high country of North America - Yellowstone to Yukon - has long been a dream of environmentalists and biologists like Mr. Neudecker, who say that grizzly bears, elk, wolves and other four-legged commuters need help in looking for mates or new habitats. The great national parks of the West, they say, are becoming genetically isolated islands, cut off by development, urbanization and their ever-present iconic symbol, the barbed-wire fence.

Heat wave risk rising with emissions
Christian Science Monitor - 2 Dec 2004
For the first time, a study ties human-influenced global warming to the likelihood of extreme summers.

Rocket fuel chemical found in water, produce
CNN.com - 1 Dec 2004
The government has found traces of a rocket fuel chemical in organic milk in Maryland, green leaf lettuce grown in Arizona and bottled spring water from Texas and California. What's not clear is the significance of the data.

Park power!
The Trust for Public Land - 1 Dec 2004
One day Joe Martin got tired of looking at the overgrown vacant lot near his home in the King neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The retired Union Pacific Railroad worker went down to Goodwill, bought an old lawn mower, and began pushing it through the tall weeds.